"Hot Coffee" documentary and continued assumptions
I recently watched the documentary "Hot Coffee" on Netflix and was taken quite aback.
The documentary is primarily about "frivolous" lawsuits in general, but in particular it is about the titled-inspired famous McDonald's coffee case.
1. I do recommend it for good viewing, but more importantly,
2. It was a lesson for me as someone who just up until last year used that case (without actually knowing anything about it beyond what I always heard from mainstream media and popular culture) as an example of people trying to seize an opportunity to blame someone else for their own ignorance and/or stupidity. I *actually* used this as an example of Nietzsche's concept of "ressentiment" (resentment) and the need to blame others for one's own problems . . . .
Well how terribly wrong I was in using it. That McDonald's case was so misconstrued for the general public that it is disgusting. Imagine this: old lady gets coffee from McDonalds, places it between her knees to adjust the lid and the thing tips over . . . not out onto the floor of the car, but in her "region."
And yet McDonald's coffee is still too damn hot to drink for about 20 minutes to this day.